PHOTOGRAPHED 3 AUGUST 2022
Blackrock railway station serves Blackrock in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland. It opened publicly on 17 December 1834 and is one of the three original stations on the Dublin and Kingstown Railway (D&KR), the oldest public passenger railway in Ireland. From the inception of the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) service in 1984, all DART services stop at Blackrock.
Directly outside the station are bus stops served by several Dublin Bus routes, Go-Ahead Ireland routes and some private operators.
I was contacted by an online follower asking why I sometimes used “Train Station” as well as “Railway Station”. Over the years I have seen signs in Ireland that referred to Train Station, Station or Railway Station.
According to various sources: In British English, traditional terminology favours railway station or simply station, even though train station, which is often perceived as an Americanism, is now about as common as railway station in writing; railroad station is not used, railroad being obsolete. In British usage, the word station is commonly understood to mean a railway station unless otherwise qualified.
In the United States, the most common term in contemporary usage is train station; railroad station and railway station are less common, though they were more common in the past. In the U.S., the term depot is sometimes used as an alternative name for station, along with the compound forms train depot, railway depot and railroad depot – it is used for both passenger and freight facilities. The term depot is not used in reference to vehicle maintenance facilities in American English whereas it is in the UK and Ireland, and even neighbouring Canada, for example.
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